Choi leads Creamer seven back at Jamie Farr

By Associated PressJuly 2, 2010, 2:59 am

LPGA Tour _newSYLVANIA, Ohio – Na Yeon Choi took a step toward forgetting what happened a week ago.

After missing an LPGA cut for the first time in more than 2 1/2 years, Choi changed putters to shoot a 7-under 64 and take a one-shot lead in Thursday’s opening round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.

“After that, I feel I need to trust myself more,” she said. “So I changed putters for a good setup.”

It sure worked. She needed just 26 putts in a career-best round that included eight birdies and a bogey at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

The South Korean had made 64 cuts in a row dating to 2007 before failing to get to play on the weekend at last week’s LPGA Championship. This year, she was 10 for 10 in cuts made, including a tie for second at the State Farm.

Choi, whose only victory was at the 2009 Samsung World Championship, leads the tour in birdies this year. Missing that cut at the season’s second major provides plenty of incentive to make more of them.

“For me to be able to come back the next week and win the tournament would mean a lot to me,” she said. “It would go a long way in terms of building my trust back up.”

Canadian Alena Sharp, celebrating Canada Day, was a shot back after a 65.

Never better than seventh in a tournament in her six years on tour, she birdied the first hole and never took a step back, closing with birdies on her final two holes. Sharp said one of the reasons she played so well was because she is so close to a host family.

“It just feels like a second home,” she said. “It’s easier to play golf when you’re really comfortable. I’ve had good rounds here in the past. I birdied the first hole and holed out on the fourth hole from a plugged lie in the bunker and I was like, ‘Well, maybe this is my day.”’

Marisa Baena, playing even though she says she has officially retired from competitive golf, was at 66 along with Christina Kim and Switzerland’s Karine Icher.

Baena was a rising star during her college days at Arizona, but injured her shoulder her junior year and said she’s never been the same. She collected almost $2 million since 1999, but hasn’t won a tournament in five years. Upset that she is constantly dealing with health issues and tired of not playing well, she came to suburban Toledo from her native Colombia because she has always enjoyed the stop.

“I just came here because I love the tournament,” she said after playing in just her third tour event of the year. “I’m as healthy as I’ve been in many years because I’ve pretty much almost taken the year off. I just started hitting balls about a month ago. … I know I’m just not ready to play full time. I played hurt for too many years, and I’m not willing to do that anymore.”

She now spends her time working with 11- to 16-year-old golfers in her homeland.

Defending champ Eunjung Yi had a 71, as did Paula Creamer, the 2008 Farr winner. Creamer, making just her fourth start of the year, continues to play in pain as she recovers from surgery on her left thumb.

“I struggled a bit today. I just didn’t give myself enough opportunities,” said Creamer, who opened with a career-best 60 two years ago. “I’m just excited to be out here competing.”

Morgan Pressel, a runner-up in two of the last three Farrs, sagged to a 74.

Many of the top players are bypassing the tournament to prepare for next week’s U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont. Only one of the top seven in the world rankings and just three of the top 10 on the LPGA money list are in the field.

It was announced on Wednesday that the tournament would take a one-year hiatus because many of the organizers and sponsors will be involved in the 2011 U.S. Senior Open at Inverness Club in Toledo.

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Rose leads with play stopped in Indonesia; Snedeker withdraws

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

Tiger, DJ and Faxon

Article: Video, images from Tiger, DJ's round with Trump

Article: After DJ and Tiger, Trump plays golf with Jack

Rory faces criticism

Article: Rory: Round with Trump about respect for presidency

Article: Rory: Round with Trump not a 'political statement'

President at the Presidents Cup

Video: President Trump makes the rounds at Liberty National

Article: President Trump presents trophy to U.S. team

Article: Stricker: 'Great thrill' to get trophy from Trump

Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

Article: Trump makes presidential history at Women's Open

Article: Trump supporters, protesters clash near Women's Open

Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

Article: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA Championship

Article: Trump congratulates Daly; Daly congratulates Trump

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 12:30 pm

Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.